My New Tetricus Aureus...Trajan Sestertius...sort of

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Marsyas Mike, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Hope that title doesn't count as "click bait." Apologies in advance! :oops:

    My local library discards stuff all the time, including patron donations. The other day I got two massive world stamp albums for $4, chock full o' stamps. When I was 11 I would have killed for this. I culled out old stuff, reliving my misspent youth, and while doing so found that quite a few stamps feature ancient coins.

    Aureus of Tetricus (Goldmunze!):

    Ancient Coin Stamps Sep 2019 (8).JPG

    Greek drachm:

    Ancient Coin Stamps Sep 2019 (5).JPG

    Not a coin, but our old friend Glykon, the puppet-headed snake god:

    Ancient Coin Stamps Sep 2019 (10).JPG

    Byzantine Gold something or other:
    Ancient Coin Stamps Sep 2019 (9).JPG

    Last but not least, a sestertius of Trajan, with the actual coin to match (to try to preserve a shred of integrity to this post):

    Ancient Coin Stamps Sep 2019 (4).JPG

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    Trajan Æ Sestertius
    (105-107 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    [IMP CAES NERVAE TRA]IANO AVG GER DAC [PM TRP COS V P P], laureate bust right, draped left / [SPQR OPTIMO PRINC]IPI S-C, Victory standing right, shield on palm tree inscribed VIC DAC.
    RIC 527; Cohen 542cf.
    (25.86 grams / 32 mm)

    Again, with apologies. :angelic:

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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Cool! Here is a very comprehensive list of stamps that depict coins. For example, the elephant denarius of Julius Caesar:

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  4. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    No apologies needed at all for for me @Marsyas Mike - excellent information - and great stamps featuring ancient coins.
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  5. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Very interesting stamp information by you also @Roman Collector - That JC denarius on a stamp is precious.
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  6. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member

    Interesting thread.
    Fun fact to see there is a stamp of the Trajan sestertius that we both own :)

    Trajanus sestertius 3.jpg
    Trajanus, sestertius.
    33 mm, 27,36 g.
    Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right with aegis.
    Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C: Victory, naked to waist, standing right, left foot on helmet, holding stylus in right hand and with left hand attaching shield inscribed VIC DAC to palm-tree.
    RIC 528
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  7. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    That is a great sestertius @Marsman - I have always wanted one just like that.
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    catadc Active Member

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  9. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing,Mike. I wonder if you keep 'm, sell 'm or even extend your collection ?
    I still own a collection of a couple of hunderd stamps with coins depicted on 'm.
    here are some of 'm :
    P1180003 1959-1963.jpg P1180004 greece 2004.jpg P1180004alexander III.jpg P1180004 cyprus 1977.jpg
  10. jamesicus

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  11. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Way cool, @Marsyas Mike !

    I know @ancientcoinguru ’s husband is a big collector of stamps! This looks like a big crossover for his and her collections!
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  12. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    No apologies necessary @Marsyas Mike, fabulous post. Between you & @Andres2, makes for a new dimension in collecting. (Well, maybe not totally new - I'm sure someone is doing this already.) :singing:

    On a side note, I was @ Barnes & Noble recently & noticed the book Ten Caesars by Barry Strauss - I bought it & I think I'm having an epiphany! :happy::happy::happy:
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  13. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member

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    Not exactly the same, but close enough :)
    (C is missing on my coin)
  14. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member


    This is a nice set, for sale on eBay.
    Albanian stamps with Illyrian emperors.
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  15. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for such a warm response to my non-coin post. And wow, what a lot of stamps featuring ancient coins. I had no idea.

    The albums I have are stuffed with stamps, so I probably missed some, but here are three more, from Israel. I think these are Roman era rebellion issues (I'd like to have some real ones!)

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  16. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing this, Marsman. Now everybody can see what a nice VIC DAC sestertius looks like! It is beautiful.
  17. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    How cool, especially that you have the matching Trajan coin!

    @Roman Collector, thanks for that link. I never would have imagined there were so many stamps depicting coins. That might be something fun to collect (ancient coins depicted on stamps)... with a bonus of being easy to store :).
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  18. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Some great examples, interesting thread, even though I don't collect stamps

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